Florida Man Accused Of Drugging Woman, Burning Her Hair

The alleged ordeal ended when his mom dumped her in a Winn Dixie parking lot, police say.

May 01, 2020

Efthimios Mikedis [Marion County Sheriff's Office FB page]

By: Aaron Rasmussen

A man in Florida was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery after he allegedly offered to give a woman a ride to her aunt’s house but instead drugged and assaulted her before finally letting her go.

According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office statement posted to Facebook, the Jan. 5 ordeal began when Efthimios Mikedis, 28, arrived to pick up the woman in a van driven by his mom, Shannon James. Deputies say a second male, Robert McDaniel, was also in the vehicle.

After the woman saw “what appeared to be a gun” in Mikedis’ waistband, she no longer wanted the ride, but Mikedis said she had to go, deputies say in the statement. “Once the victim was in the vehicle, Mikedis forced an unknown substance into her mouth.”

The woman was driven to a Marion County residence and led to a camper in the back of the property. She began blacking out, but allegedly recalled Mikedis and the second man sexually battering her, Orlando’s WKMG-TV reported.

The camper in the back of the Marion County residence [Marion County Sheriff's Office FB page]

The camper in the back of the Marion County residence [Marion County Sheriff's Office FB page]

Law enforcement said the woman later attempted to call an Uber while Mikedis slept, but he woke up and “forced another unknown substance into her mouth.”

He then allegedly “began burning her hair with a cigarette and held a pair of scissors to her throat,” the statement reads.

Efthimios Mikedis torso [Marion County Sheriff's Office FB page]

Efthimios Mikedis torso [Marion County Sheriff's Office FB page]

According to the Facebook post, Mikedis also grabbed the victim, who had started to hallucinate, dragged her across the property by her hair, and punched her in the back of the head.

The alleged ordeal finally ended when Mikedis forced the woman into a vehicle driven by his mom, Shannon James, who dropped her off in a Winn Dixie parking lot, deputies say.

Mikedis is charged with sexual battery, and police are reportedly still searching for McDaniel. It’s unclear if James will be charged with a crime.

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